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WHAT'S WRONG WITH MARRIAGE? WINONA
WILCOX SAYS FLATTERIES BREED FALSEHOOD
BY WINONA WILCOX
(Copyright, 1916, by the Newspaper
When two persons marry they hon
estly plan to treat each other mighty
Any wedding day might be Called
"a day of good intentions." Then "a
man is at his maximum of generosity,
a woman at her maximum of. conse
cration. For a dayperhaps for a year and
a day they maintain this high sin
cerity. But sooner or later the man or
the woman, in jealousy, grief, anger
or despair, asks: "What am T get
ting out of this anyway?"
Note the capital "L" For THAT
is what's the matter with marriage.
But do not blame the egoist.
For the man made the woman. Ler is altogether blamabloj
what shef is. . And the woman made
the man what he is. And it began
long, long before they were married.-
"How beautiful you are," he says. '
"How wonderful you are," says she.
Then he kisses her. And she con
siders herself engaged, bound forever
by a kiss. ,
But it began even before that.
"I can't learn by Latin," giggles the
high school maid. "It's queer I don't
know haw to study. But how splen
did YOU recite!"
Such sweet helplessness most
wonderful of all appeals to the masculine-eye
and earl By contrast the
youth discovers how strong he is, and
how wise; and qHite eager and able
to do all the thinking for such appeal
But it really began long before
that, even in the first reader.
"I want the biggest peach at the
top of the tree," says the little girL
"See if YOU can-get it."
And the little boy climbs to the top
of the tree and throws -the peach
down to her and feels wonderfully
brave and competent. And SO su
perior! There is nothing consciously false
in this swapping of flatteries.
It is a sex manifestation, like the
fuller crimson which comes upon the
But the brightness of the bird's
plumage does not keep its gay prom-.,
ise. It lasts only half the summer.
And most sex manifestations imply
TWICE TOO MUCH. Thus they are
a kind of involuntary lying.
And the Bride does not stay lovely.
Maybe her babies steal her good
looks away. An3 the Groom proves
not a bit wiser than dear Pa.
Then one ego complains: " T de
serve a better fate than this." And
the other ego murmurs: "Surely T
have missed something."
Each blame the ojher, when neith- -